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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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There’s no end to the fun that can be had with typefaces and color.
So many recent experimental faces are funny to look at that it’s hard
to pin down what captures the comical in an alphabet. Most often,
it has to do with decorative qualities—curlicue serifs, playful ascenders
and descenders, bulbous strokes, or graphic inclusions. Depending
on context, it may involve typefaces that call to mind campy time periods
(think 1950s or 1960s suburbia) or that make jokes (a neoclassical serif
with incorrect proportions, constructed of chunky dots). Typefaces
with reverse italic posture, or posture changes between the letters of
the alphabet, are bouncy and dance like clowns. Very short lowercase
letters in a face with tall ascenders and deep descenders are funny,
as are exceptionally small or overly large details such as tittles and
swashes. Sometimes, a bold face with stroke contrast, in which the
counterspaces defy the outer contours of the letters, will have a quirky,
irreverent quality—somewhat like a stand-up comic delivering un-
comfortable material that still makes us laugh. Pictorial typefaces, in
which letters or parts of letters are made of recognizable objects, can
be very funny. Outline types, brush-written sans serifs, and sans serifs
with rounded terminals evoke comic books and newspaper funnies.
Time to laugh out loud! Humor is a tremendously effective device for
engaging an audience and bringing them a little relief from their
workaday experience. Whether cute and quirky or campy and irreverent,
type and color that laugh with you are fun and frivolous. In the context
of a serious or potentially dry subject, a little humor goes a long way
in helping get the message across in a memorable manner.
Type Specimen
top, and detail, bottom
P22 Type Foundry
Richard Kegler, art director
Colin Kahn, designer
Buffalo [NY] USA
Comical
Moods
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Hardy Har Har
Graphic–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Bold Weight |
Nick’s Fonts
www.nicksfonts.com
Chicken Parts
Graphic–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Contrasting Weights |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Scruff
TM
Graphic | Erratic Weight |
Erratic Posture | Stroke
Distortion | Abstract Details
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Eatwell Chubby
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
P22 Bagaglio Flat
Graphic | Condensed |
Erratic Weights and Height |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Rancho Bold
Stylized Sans Serif | Medium
Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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Moods Comical
P22 Bramble Wild
Serif-Script Hybrid | Light
Weight | Swash Details |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
F2F Tagliatelle Sugo
TM
Sans Serif | Erratic Contrast |
Heavy Weight |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Prehistoric Pen
Stylized Sans Serif |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Rakugaki Latin
Stylized Sans Serif |
Bold Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Buckethead
Stylized Serif | Bold Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Drunk Cowboy
Modified Slab Serif |
Condensed |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
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Type Style Finder
Metropol Noir
Stylized Sans Serif | Caps and
Alternates | Bold Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
44 (0) 7979.602.272
rianhughes@aol.com
Foonky Heavy
Stylized Sans Serif |
Extra Bold Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Cantaloupe
Stylized Sans Serif | Erratic
Counters | Bold Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Bric a Brac
Graphic | Condensed |
Caps with Alternates |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Gill Kayo Condensed
TM
Sans Serif | Black Weight |
Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Jokerman
TM
Graphic Sans Serif |
Abstract Details |
Moderately Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Moods Comical
Postino
TM
Slab Serif | Bold Weight |
Extended | Flared Strokes |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Schizoid
TM
Graphic | Erratic Weight
and Contrast | Moderately
Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Snap
TM
Modified Wedge Serif | Black
Weight | Erratic Counters
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Tapioca
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Light
Weight | Textured Strokes |
Erratic Posture
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Couchlover
Modified Modern Serif |
Medium Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Dirt Devil
Graphic Sans Serif | Erratic
Weight | Mixed Case Alternates |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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